Ron Paul casts a dark shadow on the GOP

I’m not sure why Ron Paul inspires so much devotion from his disciples, but the ultimate libertarian has the bees-to-honey charisma of a rock star. And I must say, he does look younger than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
While Paul figures to kick some serious butt in Iowa and New Hampshire, he has about as much chance of securing the Republican nomination as does Bill Maher.
But do not be deceived. Paul hardly is irrelevant. He very well could define the Republican Party for the foreseeable future. He figures to be a game-changer in 2012.
As a libertarian, Paul embraces a small government conservatism that would make the federal government about as relevant as covered wagons.
While Mitt Romney and New Gingrich support a big government foreign policy agenda and at times have backed a big-government domestic agenda, Paul has all the isolationists in his corner. If there are any shepherds left in America, they’re for Paul.
Paul views any and all parts of government bureaucracy as a toxic virus. To him, Uncle Sam’s middle name is Malware.
So why does this extremist matter so much?
Because the Republicans will have to appease Paul and legitimize its isolationist wing so that he doesn’t kick-start a third party bid that would likely keep the keys to the White House in Barack Obama’s pocket.

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